Openmind Solutions, Inc. v. Does 1-2925
NOTICE by Electronic Frontier Foundation AMICUS CURIAE THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATIONS REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit Exhibit G)(Mudd, Charles)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
Individually, and as Representatives of a class, )
OpenMind Solutions, Inc.,
Case No. 3:11-cv-00092-GPM-SCW
Judge: Hon. G. Patrick Murphy
Magistrate Judge: Hon. Stephen C.
AMICUS CURIAE THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION’S
REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 201 and the authorities cited below, the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (“amicus”) hereby requests that this Court take judicial notice of the
West Coast Productions v. Does 1-2010, No. 3:10-CV-93 (N.D. W.Va., Dec. 16, 2010),
attached hereto as Exhibit A. In this Order, as well as virtually identical Orders issued
in six other “mass copyright” lawsuits, the court found that all defendants except Doe 1
were improperly joined; severed those defendants from the action; and quashed
subpoenas seeking identifying information for those defendants. Combat Zone, Inc., v.
Does 1-1037, No. 3:10-cv-00095-JPB -JES (N.D. W. Va. Dec. 16, 2010); Combat Zone,
Inc., v. Does 1-245, No. 3:10-cv-00096-JPB -JES (N.D. W. Va. Dec. 16, 2010); Patrick
Collins, Inc., v. Does 1-118, No. 3:10-cv-00092-JPB -JES (N.D. W. Va. Dec. 16, 2010);
Patrick Collins, Inc., v. Does 1-281, No. 3:10-cv-00091-JPB -JES (N.D. W. Va. Dec.
16, 2010); Third World Media, LLC, v. Does 1-1243, No. 3:10-cv-00090-JPB -JES
(N.D. W. Va. Dec. 16, 2010); West Coast Productions, Inc., v. Does 1-2010, No. 3:10cv-00093-JPB -JES (N.D. W. Va. Dec. 16, 2010).
General Order, In re cases filed by Recording Companies, filed in Fonovisa, Inc. et al.
v. Does 1-41 (No. A-04-CA-550 LY), Atlantic Recording Corporation, et al. v. Does 1151 (No. A-04-CA-636 SS), Elektra Entertainment Group, Inc. et al. v. Does 1-11 (No.
A-04-CA-703 LY); and UMG Recordings, Inc., et al. v. Does 1-51 (No. A-04-CA-704
LY) (W.D. Tex. Nov. 17, 2004), available at
http://www.txwd.uscourts.gov/rules/stdord/Austin/recording_111704.pdf and attached
hereto as Exhibit B.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., et al., v. Does 1-12, No. C-04-04862 (N.D. Cal
Nov. 16, 2004, appending In the Matter of DIRECTV, INC., Cases pending in the
Northern District of California, No. C-02-5912-JW (July 26, 2004), attached hereto as
Elektra Entm’t Group, Inc., et al. v. Does 1-6, No. 04-1241 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 13, 2004),
attached hereto as Exhibit D.
In Re: Copyright Infringement Cases With Doe Defendants Related to Civil Action
Number 04-1239, No. 04-CV-650-CN, Dkt 17 (E.D. Pa. January 21, 2005), attached
hereto as Exhibit E.
LFP Internet Group, LLC v. Does 1-3,120, No. 10-2095 (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011),
attached hereto as Exhibit F. In this Order, as well as virtually identical Orders issued
in thirteen other “mass copyright” lawsuits, the court found that all defendants except
Doe 1 were improperly joined; severed those defendants from the action; and quashed
subpoenas seeking identifying information for those defendants. Lucas Entertainment
Inc. v. Does 1-65, No. 10-cv-1407-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); Lucas Entertainment
Inc. v. Does 1-185, No. 10-cv-1537-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); VCX Ltd., Inc. v. Does
1-113, No. 10-cv-1702-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); LFP Internet Group, LLC v. Does
1-635, No. 10-cv-1863-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); LFP Internet Group, LLC v. Does
1-319, No. 10-cv-2094-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); LFP Internet Group, LLC v. Does
1-1,106, No. 10-cv-2096-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); LFP Internet Group LLC v. Does
1 - 2,619, No. 10-cv-2139-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); Harmony Films Ltd. v. Does 1739, No. 10-cv-2412-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); Adult Source Media v. Does 1-247,
No. 10-cv-2605-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); D & E Media, LLC v. Does 1-258, No.
11-cv-00001-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); Serious Bidness, LLC v. Does 1-10, No. 11cv-2-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); Steve Hardeman, LLC v. Does 1-168, No. 11-cv00056-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011); FUNimation Entertainment v. DOES 1 - 1,337, No.
11-cv-147-F (N.D. Tex. Feb. 10, 2011).
IO Group, Inc. v. Does 1 - 453, No. 10-4382 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 10, 2011), attached hereto
as Exhibit G.
This request is made in connection with EFF’s Motion for Leave to Appear as Amicus
A district court may take judicial notice of facts that are “not subject to reasonable
dispute in that [they are] either (1) generally known within the territorial jurisdiction of the trial
court or (2) capable of accurate and ready determination by resort to sources whose accuracy
cannot reasonably be questioned.” Fed. R. Evid. 201(b); see also Limestone Dev. Corp. v. Vill.
of Lemont, 473 F. Supp. 2d 858, 868 (N.D. Ill. 2007) (taking judicial notice of state court
litigation because “[j]udicial notice is premised on the concept that certain facts or propositions
exist which a court may accept as true without requiring additional proof from the opposing
parties”). Furthermore, the Federal Rules of Evidence require a court to take judicial notice of a
matter “if requested by a party and supplied with the necessary information.” Fed. R. Evid.
201(d); see also In re Ravisent Technologies, Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 00-CV-1014, 2004 U.S. Dist.
LEXIS 13255, at * 2 (E.D. Pa. July 12, 2004).
Exhibits A-G are all orders from United States Federal District Courts. It is well
established that a court may take judicial notice of matters of public record. Opoka v. I.N.S., 94
F.3d 392, 394 (7th Cir. 1996) (“Indeed, it is a well-settled principle that the decision of another
court or agency, including the decision of an administrative law judge, is a proper subject of
judicial notice.”); Berg v. United Steelworkers of Am., Local 3733, No. 98-308, 1998 U.S. Dist.
LEXIS 4518, at **19-20 (E.D. Pa. April 8, 1998) (citing 5A Charles Alan Wright & Arthur R.
Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure, Civil 2d § 1357 (1990) (“matters of public record . . .
may also be taken into account”)). Specifically, federal courts may take judicial notice of
proceedings in other courts, both within and outside of the federal judicial system, if those
proceedings have a direct relation to matters at issue. Allen v. City of Los Angeles, 92 F.3d 842
(9th Cir. 1992).
These documents are offered to show how courts around the nation have handled issues
of jurisdiction, joinder and free speech rights in analogous cases. Thus, they are appropriate
subject for judicial notice pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 201(b)(2).
For the foregoing reasons, the Court may properly consider Exhibits A-G as it reviews
amicus’s Motion to Appear and, should the Motion be granted, the Memorandum.
Dated: March 15, 2011
By /s/ Charles Lee Mudd, Jr.
Charles Lee Mudd Jr.
Mudd Law Offices
3114 West Irving Park Road, Suite 1W
Chicago, Illinois 60618
Cook County Attorney No.: 38666
Electronic Frontier Foundation
454 Shotwell St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Attorneys for Amicus Curiae
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I, Charles Lee Mudd, Jr., do hereby certify that service of AMICUS CURIAE THE
ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION’S REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE was
accomplished pursuant to Electronic Case Filing as to ECF Filing Users and shall be served upon
all other parties listed in the attached Service List by sending said documents via postage prepaid U.S. mail on this 15th day of March 2011.
/s/Charles Lee Mudd, Jr.
Charles Lee Mudd, Jr.
Charles Lee Mudd, Jr.
Mudd Law Offices
3114 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, Illinois 60618
All counsel of record are ECF users and no pro se parties have filed appearances of
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